Metagenomic study on the respiratory virus profile in the community

Sample collection guide

You can collect the swabs at home. Please read this sheet before collection.

Pre-collection preparation

Please check the items. You should have:
1x sample collection instruction sheet
1x consent form
1x questionnaire in paper form
1x sample collection tube
2x swabs (1x thinner and 1x thicker)
1x sticker label
2x zip bags

Before collecting sample please wash your hands with water and soap.
Twist open the cap of the tube and place the tube on a flat surface. Do not spill the liquid.

Nasopharyngeal swab

  1. Take out the thinner swab, avoid touching the cotton part.
  2. Position head slightly back.
  3. Gently insert the swab into the nostril about 2-3 inches/ 5-7cm deep.
  4. Gently rotate the swab for 10-15 seconds then gently remove swab.
    Please use the same swab to collect samples from both nostrils.
  1. Insert the swab into the tube until the breakpoint is level with the tube opening, then break the swab against the tube.
  2. Discard the broken part.

Throat swab

  1. Take out the thicker swab, avoid touching the cotton part.
  2. Position head slightly back.
  3. Depress the tongue to avoid touching the swab
  4. Rub the swab up and down against the back of the throat and the sides
  1. Insert the swab into the tube until the breakpoint is level with the tube opening, then break the swab against the tube.
  2. Discard the broken part.

Sample return

Twist close the tube cap and stick the label onto the side of the tube.
Put the sample collection tube inside two layers of zip bags.

Please return
(1) sample collection tube with 2 swabs,
(2) signed consent form, and
(3) completed questionnaire, inside 2 zip bags.

Call, Whatsapp or Signal 9244 8827 within 7 days after collection for pickup appointment, or return to Room 204, Postgraduate Education Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin.
Click here for appointment schedule and business hours.
A HKD50 supermarket voucher would be offered.